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The Duggar Family Wedding Tradition Involves Something Old (And Something Sweet!)

Jinger Duggar wedding dressPhoto courtesy of TLC

It’s something old and certainly, something sweet. TLC released a new clip this weekend of Jinger Duggar meeting with her wedding dress designer, and the moment was endearing for several reasons.

First, the bride-to-be (who’s now happily married to soccer player Jeremy Vuolo) was joined by her mother and grandmother for this particular visit, and they came prepared with a sentimental surprise of their own. The clip shows Jinger standing before a sleeved, lace wedding gown that features a tulle trim at the skirt.

“This is such a special moment because this wedding dress is Grandma Duggar’s,” explains 19 Kids and Counting family matriarch Michelle Duggar. “She let me wear her wedding dress on my wedding day. So now, the tradition has been we give a snippet of [the] dress to my girls for them to use in their wedding.”

Designer Renee Miller then explained how all three women would cut a piece of tulle to help create the sweet memory. “There’s been a family tradition that whenever one of the girls gets married, they can take a piece of my mom and Grandma Duggar’s dress. They wore the same dress for their weddings,” Jinger added in the confessional. “And so, we take a piece of that and incorporate it somewhere in our dress.”

Second eldest Duggar daughter, Jill Duggar, recalled how she received a clipping stitched onto her handkerchief ahead of her wedding to Derick Dillard. “I carried it down the aisle with me,” she said.

For Jessa Duggar’s 2014 nuptials to Ben Seewald, the bride received a little rosette, which was placed into her bouquet.

For Jinger, she didn’t need to physically carry the object down the aisle, because it was woven into her wedding dress. The designer ended up stitching a piece of the fabric—cut into the shape of a heart—into Jinger’s gown. “It was kind of special,” the bride said. “It was neat to see how Miss Renee had so creatively incorporated that piece of my mom’s and my grandma’s dress into my dress by making a little heart and putting it over my heart so walking down the aisle, knowing that there’s a little piece of that in there.”

As previously reported, Jinger’s wedding dress was packed with meaning. Miller previously told the Duggar family blog that there was religious significance behind Jinger’s particularly long and elaborate train.

“Both Jinger and Jeremy desired for the dress to have what I call a ‘train fit for royalty,’ based on a Bible verse that Jeremy had quoted to his wife-to-be,” the designer expressed. “That verse was Isaiah 6:1 (…I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple).”

The couple married in November 2016 in Arkansas before close to 1,000 guests, and enjoyed an adventurous honeymoon in New Zealand and Australia. They are now living together in Laredo, Texas.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.